SHOP SMALL BUSINESS

Last week I read Ashley‘s blog post (Blonde Collective) on shopping small in light of what’s going on in the world rn and felt inspired to follow-suit. I have to say, in this type of situation I do feel a level of responsibility to use my channels to help in whatever way I can.

Here’s where I can start.

Over the years, I’ve gotten to know loads of local businesses, many Canadian-owned & operated. You’ve likely seen me post/talk about most of them pretty regularly on my Stories. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone!! But I’ve put together a list, organized by category of mostly small / local businesses I ADORE and support.

If you have some brands / businesses I should know about, feel free to leave their names & links in the comments below so I can check them out.

…one thing I just noticed is that most if not all of the brands listed below are FEMALE founded & owned. Need I say more….

CLOTHING BRANDS:

Brunette the Label: where I get the majority of my sweat sets from & oversized hoodies.
CODE: babesclubsydney for 15% off
Noize: Peta-approved, vegan jackets & puffers (& everyone’s favourite leopard puffer)
Smash + Tess: pretty much the coziest romper EVER. Everyone needs one now.
Mija: hand crafted, 100% genuine leather boots you will live in by Tessa Garcia.
Huha: healthy, seamless undies.
Knix: intimate apparel brand
Clyque: LA-based brand, making the best bodysuits on the market.
TAN + LINES: the cutest & most comfortable swim & sport lines missing from your closet by Sivan Ayla Richards.
Privilege: love all their everyday basics & pyjamas.
Bohème: beautiful & unique vintage goods sourced by Sarah Shabacon.
Beach Riot: where you want to shop for your next vacation.
Malvados: love their cute sandals and slides for summer.

ACCESSORIES:

Shady Lady Eyewear: your one-stop-shop for trendy eyewear, apparel & accessories by Mariel Case & Jacqui Karls
Poppy & Peonies: love their travel accessories (like this leopard passport holder below).
Chelsea King: where all my scrunchies come from.
Tofino Towel Co: we get our round beach towels from here.
Lavender & Grace: love Kayla’s dainty, everyday basics so much we created a limited-edition capsule collection together.
Leah Alexandra Jewelry: Leah specializes in fine jewelry, gemstones & unique vintage pieces she sources from all around the world.
Pamela Card Jewelry: shop here for super unique ‘imperfect’ pieces all designed & produced in Vancouver.
Olive + Piper: for fun, everyday jewelry
The Jilly Box: a subscription box curated by Jillian Harris & JH The Brand that includes a variety of products from local shops & small Canadian businesses.
State of Grace: for a laugh and the cutest accessories with hilarious sayings.

HOME:

For Such A Time: print shop by Stephanie Jolly.
Old Faithful Shop: one of my fave shops for home goods, coffee table books, plants etc.
White Terry Home: the most luxurious bed linens I’ve ever tried.
CODE: TWG15
Vancouver Candle Co: where I buy most of my candles.
Stil: beautiful planners, handbags & stationary (they also just opened up the doors to a new shop downtown before closing for the virus)
The Cross: probably the most gorgeous home decor store ever.
Fable: gorgeous tableware made for every occasion.
Everlasting Candle: the candle that lasts forever (& also doubles as chic decor). CODE: TWG10
June + Rose Candle Co: 100% natural soy wax candles, Canadian sourced ingredients.
Monika Hibbs Home Store: Monika created the cutest Tiny Home Store, you’ll have to visit once they re-open but in the meantime you can shop her home decor online here. She also just released a lifestyle book called Gather at Home.
One Wednesday: beautiful throw blankets to raise funds for the BC Women’s Health Foundation.
Urban Walls: easy-to-use wall decals.
Woodlot: where I get my palo santo & sage smudge sticks.
The Plant Junkie: where I get my fiddle leaf plants from. She has the best selection!
Hudson & Oak: put your new plants in these amazing planters.

BEAUTY:

Cosset Co: they make CBD beauty droplets to help even skin tone & nourish skin.
Project Skin: my skincare specialists & where I go for anything skincare related, facials or treatments. They’ve taught me everything.
Denise Elliott Beauty Co: Denise owns & operates a gorgeous beauty studio, specializing in hair & makeup.
Luna Bronze: vegan, sunless tanning system. I love their facial mist.
Lux Unfiltered: hydrating, gradual self-tanning cream by Sivan Ayla Richards.
Lawless Beauty: clean beauty brand that actually works!
Wander Beauty: another amazing clean beauty brand by Lindsay Ellingson
Fig: Vancouver-based clean, skincare bar. I love their Fig Shot Vitamin Injections for an extra boost of energy (I get the ‘Get Energized’ & ‘Go for Glow’)
Summer Fridays: clean skincare brand by Marianna Hewitt & Lauren Gores Ireland.
Ouai: follow their “prescription” and boom—#HAIRGOALS. No glam squad needed. 
Dae: clean haircare brand by Amber Fillerup Clark.
Midnight Paloma: clean skincare & beauty line. I got my rose quartz facial roller & dry brush here.

FOOD:

Kokomo: a plant-focused cafe serving up yummy, nourishing bowls.
Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen: you know I die for Mexican. Love their Tortilla Soup & churros. SO much, we even had their Churro cart at our wedding for our midnight snack!
El Guapo: another Mexican option in the heart of Yaletown.
Tacofino: go for the nachos! You will not regret.
Sorella: I would argue the best Italian in Vancouver.
To Die For Fine Foods: constantly grabbing for Erin Ireland‘s PB Coconut Energy Balls but life-long fan of her infamous BB Bread.
The Juice Truck: my local juicery. CODE: THEWORKINGGIRL.CA on all online orders – local delivery available.
Fresh Prep: where we order X2 meals per week to our door.
CODE: INFSYDNEY20 for 3 meals on me *applies to new customers only.
Beaucoup Bakery: for the closets thing to a real French bakery by Jackie Ellis.
My Naked Snacks: healthy snack subscription box.
Karameller Candy: traditional Swedish Candy bar in Yaletown.
Acai Dude: açai bowl + coffee truck by Bailey Marshall
Purpose Smoothie: my local smoothie shop in Steveston.
Drink Flight Fud: healthy travel elixir to-go.
Pink Avo Cafe: plant-based cafe in Langley by Shaughnessy & Chaylene Liddell.
The Graze Company: got a charcuterie board to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary – worth every penny.
Smart Sweets: keep candy without the sugar. Obsessed! Founded & operated by Tara Bosch.

SERVICES:

L+K Collective: Illustration & Design company in Vancouver. They’re the ones who created my custom highlight cover designs on my IG!
Melissa Skoda Photography: specializing in family portraits (& she takes all my photos for campaigns!)
Brush Salon: my hair salon for the past 6 years. Highly recommend.
Give Landeau: luxurious florist, you know those gorgeous roses that come delivered inside a classic, simple box? Beautiful gift for a special occasion.
30 Minute Hit: where I’ve been boxing / kickboxing since 2013. It’s a 30 minute boxing circuit where you can drop in when it’s convenient.
Celsia Floral: love this cute flower shop on 4th Avenue in Kits. Her floral designs are amazing.
Sphere: an online coaching app for entrepreneurs developed by Devon Brooks.

Pink Highlight Cover Illustrations by L+K Collective

PET:

Hound Collection: where Xavi’s handmade leather leashes are from. Love this Canadian brand!

Even though most everything is closed (physically), I would encourage you to shop online if you can. Maybe purchase gifts now that can be gifted later for Christmas or birthdays etc. Grab a gift card from your favourite restaurants, to be used once they can re-open their doors. This will help them keep afloat until business can resume as usual.

If you are not in a position to purchase anything right now then send some love another way. Use your own channels to share your favourite brands and small shops so we can all pitch in and support!

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  • Reply Stacey Firth at

    Thanks so much for sharing the love!
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